It was released originally in 1917. Mine is from 2008, it its slightly larger than the original.
IMHO the IIII vs. IV is mainly about spacial relation and helps create a sense of balance.
Edited by Dino944 - 3/22/13 at 6:53pm
I don't have to live in Asia or Japan to tell you that you are absolutely correct.
But you can get a very nice-looking rubber strap like this one below for an attractive but still functional change of pace:
Only gold Reversos can have fired/vitreous/grand feu enamel applied, and JLC will only do it for new gold Reversos - i.e. you have to place the enameling order at the time of purchasing your gold Reverso.
Monograms are easy - all JLC boutiques (not multibrand ADs) have font samples. There are 5 or 6 "standard" fonts that JLC offers for monograms, and you can preview them here - http://personalisation.jaeger-lecoultre.com/#/personnalisation?model=2788570&step=3
It's as simple as 1. choosing your Reverso, 2. choosing the font, 3. choosing the layout (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, etc) and 3. placing your order. Engraving a SS Reverso with your initials using the JLC "standard" fonts should cost you less than $1000. Fonts can be further customised with coloured epoxy resin for an additional cost.
If there are engravers in your area, check them out if you are considering something simple as IMO they will offer exactly the same service for a LOT less. JLC also actually subcontracts out simpler engravings to local artists to do, as opposed to all the way to JLC HQ in Le Sentier, then charges a middleman markup. For example, in Singapore all "standard" or "simpler" monograms are sent to Hong Kong to be done.
If you want any other non-standard font for your monogram or a flower, zodiac sign or some other non-text design engraved, JLC charges as though it is a "custom order" which means a higher price bracket. You have to provide a sample, and then wait 6-8 weeks for a quote. In the USA they sometimes refer you straight on to JC Randell (more on him later). If done through JLC, simple monogram engraving will take up to 4-6 months, custom engraving up to 12-18 months.
Enameling a gold Reverso starts at $10+k and escalates very very very quickly. Most are along the line of $20-35k, and the sky is the limit. Most people who ask for such enameling have a period of negotiation with Le Sentier as to what they want and what is actually feasible, and the to/fro takes months to complete. I am pretty sure you also get to review an actual paper draft or rendering of the enamel work before you give the final go ahead.
There is another option for custom engraving-only orders - there are a few Master engravers scattered around the world who will do the same (or better) for less. In the USA the 3d party JLC engraver to go to is JC Randell, who is a 4 hour drive away from you in Washington. IMO the custom Le Sentier engravings are nice, but not as fine as JC Randell's work - by fineness I mean complexity of engraved detail. The deeper the engraving cuts, the less fine the work can be - a JC Randell engraving feels like a freshly minted bank note, a JLC engraving feels like the surface of a vinyl record.
Hi Apropos, excellent information about customizing a JLC. Although, I'm not a "Reverso e-buddy" yet, I hope to be at some point. I have looked at JC Randell's site a few times just to get an idea of what can be done with a Reverso. I was unaware that the "Enamel/ coloring" of a SS Reverso is basically plastic. Also, I had no idea what the starting cost was to have an enamel piece although I knew the prices skyrocket depending on the complexity of the request.
Also, interesting to note that you find the JC Randell engraving to be of higher quality than a custom Le Sentier engraving. I know a guy that has a US 1931 Tribute and he is planning to send it to Le Sentier for engraving (as he is saying why send it to a 3rd party). However, Randell has a reputation that would seem difficult to match, much less surpass. You can really see a lot of depth and workmanship from the samples on his site, while I can't say I've seen many samples from JLC and the few I saw were not very complex.
Yes, W1551551 is the platinum version of my Tank. I saw the platinum and the rose gold side by side in a Cartier boutique when they first were released. The platinum version was beautiful and it really takes on a very different character. It was very cool and sleek, yet elegant in a white metal, while the rose added some warmth. In the end, for me in terms of color, cost, and availability, the rose was the right choice...and actually was the only choice at that point. The one I purchased was the last new version available in North America (my nearest boutique had sold their example almost a year before I decided to get one, and showed me on their computer only 1 unsold example existed, which they eventually had transferred in for me to view).
I tend to choose non-round rose gold cases for dress watches as most of my daily wearers are round and white metal, so I like something completely different. After wearing round cased white metal watches much of the week, putting on something in rose gold feels a little dressier to me...kind of like switching from casual shoes to fine dress shoes. I think the only non-round white metal watch I've looked at and tried on is the Reverso. Some of their examples have looked good in rose or yellow, but for some reason its a design I often find much more appealing in a white metal.
I'd say most Reversos meet my definition of a dress watch, and would look FAR better with a suit than the great proliferation of big clunky sports watches weighing down the wrists of business professionals. The Reverso defines the last vestiges of classic JLC design, now that the company has made a strong committment to the special forces / black ops / covert incursion / badass mall-ninja design ethos.
Wow, that totally floored me. Amazing watch, I've never seen one that beautiful.